The sociology program stresses both traditional liberal arts and career education through a general sociology major, a sociology major with a concentration in criminology, and a sociology minor. The program provides you with an understanding of social relationships through stability and change, as well as conflict and cooperation among persons, groups, organizations, and communities.
The major is designed to create independent thinkers with a clear understanding of real-life situations and the ability to apply knowledge to reducing and resolving social problems. Field Period placements are an important part of the sociology program. Career opportunities are available in virtually any vocation that involves working with people, including juvenile services, social planning and policymaking, personnel management, public and industrial relations, probation, law enforcement, community action, and social research.
The program also prepares you for graduate study in sociology and such related fields as counseling, administration, law, applied social research, and social work. The sociology major may be completed with either a general major or a concentration in criminology.
By graduation day, you will have acquired up to 560 hours of hands-on, real-world experience through fieldwork, and Field Period. Our fieldwork requirements will provide you opportunities to practice direct application of sociology at a variety of sites, including social service, mental health, and criminal justice agencies.
By graduation day, you will have acquired up to 560 hours of hands-on, real-world experience through fieldwork, and Keuka College’s Field Period. Our fieldwork requirements will provide you with opportunities to practice direct application of sociology at a variety of sites – including agencies in the fields of social service, mental health, and criminal justice.
Keuka College’s required internship program, Field Period, is a great way for you to deepen and refine connections between classroom learning and hands-on experience, explore career opportunities, and gain professional experience. Each year you’ll be responsible for completing a four-week Field Period, which involves 140 hours of hands-on experience in the real world. You’ll be encouraged to complete these Field Periods in settings that relate to your personal and professional interests. And, through successful completion of your fieldwork, you will develop important professional networks and create opportunities for permanent positions on completion of your graduation requirements.
Sociology Program Learning Goals
- Goal 1: Understands the role of sociology in contributing to our understanding of social reality.
- Goal 2: Understands sociological theories and their application to contemporary social issues.
- Goal 3: Understands how social structure and culture operate.
- Goal 4: Developed research skills that can be used to acquire knowledge, formulate opinions, and support conclusions.
- Goal 5: Able to think critically and analytically to make decisions and solve social problems.
- Goal 6: Developed effective communication skills.
- Goal 7: Developed professional socialization and planning skills, so the student is familiar with standards in related fields and can identify career options and job opportunities, as well as evaluate these in relation to his/her own experience, values, knowledge, and personal goals.